A woman who lost her 17-year-old son at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer spoke to hundreds of El Pasoans on Thursday. Sybrina Fulton was the keynote speaker at the 23rd annual YWCA women’s Luncheon. Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin whose death made national headlines in 2012.
“But the worst day of my life was the day that I buried my 17-year-old son,” Fulton says of her son’s death. “and he didn’t see the monster that was behind him, he didn’t see the devil that was behind him that had a gun that was locked and loaded.”
She says she wants to spread the message of the importance of bringing communities together. Her son Trayvon was killed in 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The 17-year-old was unarmed.
“I just felt that I could be doing better for myself for my son and that I could be a spokesperson for other people’s children who you might not come into contact with there are some other families that these tragedies happen to that you may not have heard of name sometimes,” says Fulton.
Fulton lends her voice to speak against violence towards children, and how people can help build safer communities.
“The communities make up the country and it’s important for us to bring those communities together. and make sure that they are aware and understand what’s going on in other parts of the country even if it may not be going on here in El Paso,” she says.
Community members who attended say that Fulton’s message was inspiring.
“She was been through a lot and she knows what she’s been through, her suggestion of voting is very important. She gave us really good information,” says Cecy Salcedo who attended the event. Olivia Martinez was also at the event. She says the Fulton’s message gave her strength.
Funds raised from this event help support YWCA programs. The inaugural YWCA Women’s Luncheon back in 1994 drew more than 600 El Pasoans. During Thursday’s event that number had grown to more than 2000.